23 Sept 1943 — France
2nd Lt. Sidney Elskes was on his second mission with the 379th Bomber Group, 525th Bomber Squadron out of England when his B-17F went down on the 23rd Sept 1943, over occupied France. The mission was to Nantes, and he had been with the squadron as a navigator for only 20 days. Taken in by the French underground, he spent the next 4-5 months being moved across France, moving from one group of the underground to another. He eventually hiked over the Pyrenees into neutral Spain. Others of the crew also escaped, while others were taken as German POWs.